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Medications

There are medications for just about anything, whether it's a headache or something more serious. Get informed about prescription and over-the-counter drugs and medicine.

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Why are antidepressants the most prescribed drug in the U.S.?

Doctors are prescribing more antidepressant drugs than ever. What does this trend suggest? Are these drugs being overprescribed, or are patients simply more comfortable with confiding in doctors about depression?


Are we still discovering new antibiotics?

Are new antibiotics being developed in the fight against resistant strains of bacteria? Find out. See more »

Can antibiotics damage your eyes?

Are antibiotics bad for your eyes? Find out if antibiotics damage your vision. See more »

Do antibiotics affect your birth control?

If you're on the birth control pill and taking antibiotics, are you at risk for an unintended pregnancy? Find out. See more »

5 Realities of a Post-antibiotic World

In a post-antibiotic world, many harmful bacteria grow resistant to the drugs we've been using. Learn what a post-antibiotic world might look like. See more »

How do painkillers know where you hurt?

As kids, we couldn't use big words to describe our scrapes, but we could point, and somehow the medicine knew where we hurt. It still does. How? See more »

What are cortisone shots?

What are cortisone shots? Visit HowStuffWorks to learn what are cortisone shots. See more »

What is super aspirin?

'Super aspirin' is a new type of non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drug. Learn more about super aspirins in this article. See more »

10 Types of Heart Drugs

There are many types of heart drugs for heart disease. Take a look at 10 popular types of heart drugs to learn about heart disease treatment. See more »

Psychosomatic is a term used in the study and practice of psychology. Visit HowStuffWorks to learn all about the term psychosomatic. See more »

Zyloprim Overview

Zyloprim is a medication used to treat excessive build-up of uric acid. Learn more about Zyloprim at HowStuffWorks. See more »